Top ten universities for math

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Top ten universities for math
University of Cambridge, ranked fifth in the world for mathematics (Cambridge university 5 image by Stanislav Halcin from

Math is fundamental to innovation in several fields. "All major scientific and technological discoveries of the last thirty years have been built on a foundation of mathematics," states Top Universities. Math in graduate schools generally includes statistics, calculus and algorithms, design of computer chips, model electric power grids and modern applications of quantum. Listed below are rankings for graduate programs in mathematics in the world and in the U.S., as well as information about undergraduate mathematics.

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World Rankings

In 2010, the No. 1 university in the world for mathematics is Princeton University, according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). ARWU's annual rankings are now "considered the most influential international ranking," according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. ARWU uses various ranking criteria, including the university's number of Nobel laureates; Fields medals, known as mathematics' Nobel Prize and awarded to outstanding researchers; and often-cited researchers. Ranked second in mathematics is the University of California, Berkeley; 3, Harvard University; 4, Stanford University; 5, University of Cambridge; 6, Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris 6; 7, University of Oxford; 8, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; 9, University of Paris (France's largest university with five campuses in the south); and 10, University of California, Los Angeles.

U.S. Rankings

Every year, U.S. News & World Report ranks graduate programs in the U.S. based on questionnaires sent to department heads and graduate studies directors. In 2010, the No. 1 university for math is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. There were ties for some ranks. There are four schools, example, tied for the No. 2 ranking: Harvard University, Princeton University, Stanford University and University of California, Berkeley. The next university, ranked No. 6, is the University of Chicago. California Institute of Technology ranks seventh; and University of California, Los Angeles, and University of Michigan are tied at eighth. Yale University is ranked 10th.

Undergraduate Programs

Most if not all of the top-ranking graduate programs have undergraduate ones as well. In the U.S., most undergraduate work includes applied mathematics; operations research and actuarial science; mathematics/statistics; and mathematics/computer science. Many offer programs in double majors, such as mathematics and computer science or mathematics and biology.

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